About & how to get involved

Ole Olsen Memorial Theatre is a non-profit community theater group in Peru, Indiana founded in 1964.

We were named after John Sigvard "Ole" Olsen who was born in Peru, Indiana on November 6, 1892. 

The son of a Norwegian immigrant who was a boilermaker for the railroad, "Ole" graduated from Northwestern University in 1912 with a degree in music and hit the Vaudeville circuit. 

His ambition was to make people laugh, and is remembered for the quote, "May you live as long as you laugh, and laugh as long as you live."


How to Get Involved

The easiest way to get involved is to attend an audition. Auditions are announced on our Facebook Page and Facebook Group. You may also send us a message on Facebook, leave a message on our voicemail at 765-472-3680, use our contact form at the bottom of this page or email [email protected]


How Ole Olsen Memorial Theater Operates

Our theater operates on ticket and merchandise sales, memberships, sponsorships, and your donations. We also have fundraisers such as memorial brick sales and the rental of our depot, gazebo, and garden.

If you would like to rent the depot, gazebo, and/or garden for your event, please contact Brandi: [email protected]

If you would like to purchase a memorial brick, please contact Deb: [email protected]


 Ole Olsen Board Members for the 2023 - 2024 Season

President: Brandi Murphy
Vice President: Bryan Bertoline 

Treasurer: Kati Roberts
Secretary: Lynn Weil
Ticket Director: Cindy Ridenour
Publicity Director: Debby Myers
Hospitality Director: Chris Cox
Member at Large: Shanna Stoll
Production Director: Open

Children's Theater Director & Production Director: Accepting Applications!




Become an Ole Olsen Member!

We are all volunteers striving to continue a 58-year tradition of offering a variety of entertainment to our community.

You can get involved too! You can run lights and/or sound, help build sets, help with makeup and costumes, direct a show, or act in a show,

We offer a two-tier membership plan: “voting” or "participating."


"Voting" Membership:

The cost of the Voting Membership is $13.50, which entitles you to the following:

  • Vote in the selection for slate of plays
  • Vote in the election for Ole Board of Directors
  • Be eligible to run for an Ole Board Position.
  • Participate in Ole Productions
  • Receive an Ole Olsen Newsletter
  • Receive a FREE ticket to a show in the present season
  • Deadline for this membership is October 15th, 2023.


"Participation" Membership:

After the deadline of October 15th, 2023, anyone who wants to be involved in Ole may purchase a $10 “Participation” Membership, which entitles you to the following:

  • Participate in productions
  • Receive an Ole Olsen Newsletter

“Participating” members will not have voting rights in the elections and will not receive a free show ticket.

You can either:

  • Drop your payment in the mail slot at the depot
  • Mail it to 154 S Broadway Peru, IN 46970
  • Make a donation on the website by clicking the Donation button. In the checkout screen in the comments please type Membership.

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